Advanced Qualitative Methods (BUSS7906)


The purpose of this unit is to extend and deepen students' knowledge of qualitative research gained in BUSS7902. Students participate in the key contemporary debates on qualitative research in business/management disciplines, and in the social sciences more broadly. The unit covers all stages of conducting a qualitative study, from research design to reporting the results of an empirical study. Emphasis is placed on the relevance of the researcher┬┐s own paradigmatic and disciplinary positioning, the diversity and evolution of qualitative traditions, and emerging trends. The implications of different ontological and philosophical commitments for the choices made during the course of a qualitative project are a key integrating theme of this unit. Upon completion of this unit, students are able to critically evaluate qualitative research, make informed decisions in the context of their own projects and improve their own research practices.

Further unit of study information


Workshop, once a week, 3 hours per class


seminar preparation (30%), presentation (20%), individual reflection (10%), article comparison (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge




Additional Information

For MPhil and PhD students only.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.